Family Newsletter - 5th April- full text for you to translate as needed

St James' Family Newsletter


Dear Parents and Friends of St James,


It has been another extremely busy and successful term – particularly this week with our fantastic production of the ‘X Factory’ by Years 3, 4 and 5. The singers and actors were great with quite a few of the children new to performing. If you were at the afternoon performance and had raffle tickets 108, 111, 122 or 442, please let the office know to collect your Easter prizes.


Yesterday we held our Easter Service at St James Church. It was our first service with Rev Sue Faulkner and we are looking forward to welcoming her to St James after Easter to lead our Holy Communion on Wednesday 24th April at 2pm. Please come and join us for this special service in school.


Last week, our Year 4 children stayed at Everdon on their residential. They enjoyed beautiful weather as they walked, built and climbed their way around the Northamptonshire countryside. It was a great opportunity to build their confidence and independence and I enjoyed my two evenings with the children playing chess and drinking hot chocolate!


Our Reception classes have continued to build relationships with the residents of Argyle House Residential Home. We were delighted to welcome some of the residents to St James this week to take part in reading, dancing and parachute games activities. We are really proud of our school’s involvement in these activities between some of the youngest and oldest members of our community.


We have had considerable sporting success this term. Please see overleaf for Miss Meyler’s Sporting Report.


We have all enjoyed our daily bagel – funded by the National Schools Breakfast Programme. As well as starting the day with lovely manners and smiles, it has helped to reduce our ‘lateness’ figures by 66% too! Let’s try and get everyone in school on time next term. Please also remember to phone in if your child is poorly and let us know every day they are not in.


I wish you all a very relaxing Easter break and look forward to welcoming you back to school on Tuesday 23rd April at 8:30am.


Best Wishes,

Sarah Beach


FAMILY PROJECT – Learning Powers Game

Can you design a game that incorporates at least one of our Learning Powers? Bring them into school on Tuesday 21st May and join us on the following day at 9am to share and play the games!





This term we have competed in the NTSSF (Northampton Town School Sport Federation) Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 Football Leagues. We have qualified for the Shield Playoffs for both year groups and have had a total of 30 Year 3/4's who have represented the school and a squad of 30 Year 5/6's. 


We also represented Northampton Town Football Club in the EFL Kids Cup Second Round in Swindon earlier this term, unfortunately we didn't qualify within our group, but it was a fantastic experience to be the representing school for Northampton.


At the end of the term we also competed in The Duston Cluster Dance Competition, finishing 4th in the Year 3/4 category, 2nd in the open category and 1st in the Year 5/6 category. 


We have also had other sporting events running this term including a Key Stage 1 Multi Sports Festival where the children had the opportunity of trying new sports including, Curling, Golf, Cricket and Boccia.  


The Year 3's had a Day of Rugby at the Saints to finish off their Magic Topic which was themed around Northampton Saints Rugby Club. They had a stadium tour, held the trophies and got to play Tag Rugby all afternoon on the training pitches!


Please follow @PEStJamesNN5 to see what we get up to!




Friday 5th April

School closes at 3:15pm for EASTER

Tues 23rd April

School reopens at 8:40am after EASTER

Wed 24th April

Holy Communion in school – 2:15. All invited.

Monday 6th May

School closed for BANK HOLIDAY

Mon 13th – Thurs 16th May

KS2 SATs week

Fri 17th May

Friends Pantomime – 6pm. Bring the whole family!

Tues 21st May

ICT Parents Workshops 9am, 2:30pm, 6:30pm

Wed 22nd May

Family Project Showcase – join us to play the Learning Powers Games

Friday 24th May

School closes at 3:15pm for HALF TERM

Monday 3rd June

School reopens at 8:40am after HALF TERM